TVMSC is able to continue offering a unique learning community for our students through generous donations of individuals and organizations throughout the Treasure Valley. These donors recognize the importance of math and science in the lives of all students.

For individuals or organizations who wish to make a donation to the Treasure Valley Math & Science Center, please reference the attached document. All donations to TVMSC are processed through the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation. Donors will receive an acknowledgement of contributions letter for use when filing taxes.


In the 2018 - 2019 school year, TVMSC received a $7,854 grant from the Boise Schools Foundation to acquire equipment and supplies for biology and earth science classes. With this grant we purchased 16 high-quality, cordless dissecting microscopes. These were heavily used in Earth Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and Accelerated Biology classes. These allowed some exciting discoveries by students, for example, tiny snails moving around within their eggs, getting ready to hatch!

We also acquired a professional-grade analytical balance that will make possible various endeavors requiring mass measurements at the milligram level and below.

A number of aquariums and associated supplies were acquired, transforming the Accelerated Biology classroom into a place where we observed and studied principles of population growth and regulation as well as fish and snail behavior and reproductive biology.

We are extremely grateful to the Boise Schools Foundation for their continual support of our endeavors.

TVMSC appreciates Idaho's STEM Action Center! The STEM Action Center provided two travel grants to support our teams in attending National Competitions!

TVMSC's Quiz Bowl team received a $2,000 travel grant to compete at Nationals in Chicago. ($404 from Micron Foundation and the remaining $1,616 from the STEM Action Center)

Team Tators Robotics received $5,000 to complete at the World FIRST Robotics Championships in Houston, TX!

Thank you, STEM Action Center for putting these opportunities within reach of our students and their families!

Posted May 2018

Idaho Lottery 'Scratch' Event

The Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center is very grateful to the Idaho Lottery 'Scratch' event for providing the TVMSC staff the opportunity to participate and scratch tickets.  TVMSC's team won $143.00 in this 2017 event! 

TVMSC is very appreciative of this opportunity to participate and win!

Posted January 2018

The Frandson family’s​ donation

Throughout the 2015 Spring semester, TVMSC's students and staff worked to prepare research proposals for submission to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP).  Student teams were able to submit research/experiment proposals and from these proposals three were moved forward for Step 2 review. Of these, a proposal on the 'Effect of Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 on Collagen Integrity in Microgravity' experiment was designed and submitted by TVMSC students, Brynne Coulam and Catherine Ji. This experiment was selected as a finalist for the 'Student Space Flight Experiments Program' (SSEP) Mission 8 to the International Space Station from Boise, ID.  The launch for Mission-8 was in spring 2016. 

Two additional teams of TVMSC student researchers designed and contributed experiments that were also selected for Step 2 Review.  While these experiment proposals were not selected as finalists, their work was also impressive and worthy of recognition. ‘ SPACE: CONCRETE’S FINAL FRONTIER’ was the research proposal designed by student researchers, Daniel Frandson, Matt Ihling, Sarah Kessler, and Sabrina Zerrade. ‘Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Antibiotic Resistance in Microgravity and Radiation’ was the research proposal designed by student researcher Alyse Palsulich.

The Treasure Valley Math and Science Center of the Independent School District of Boise City is grateful for this amazing research opportunity for our students to contribute to and participate in. This has all been made possible thanks to a very generous $23,000 donation by a current TVMSC family. The Frandson family, Dan, Pattie, Daniel and Kristina heard that TVMSC's staff and students had an opportunity to become involved in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 8. They learned that students would design and implement experiments that are sent to the International Space Station (ISS).  The experiments are then conducted with the assistance of astronauts working on the ISS and then, 10 days later, are returned to Earth.  The students' experiments are then returned to the students for comparison to control experiments conducted here at the school. The TVMSC staff had been pondering how to raise the necessary funds so that this could happen. The Frandson family generously donated these funds on behalf of Mrs. Frandson's father Jerry Gliksman, who retired from an extremely rewarding Aerospace career. He truly serves as an inspiration for our students and his career accomplishments within the field of aerospace research provides as an inspiration into the exciting and rewarding college and career options available for our students.

"The Student Space Flight Experiments Program [or just “SSEP”] ( is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE; in partnership with NanoRacks, LLC. This on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory."